Inequalities in Fathers’ Access to Work Flexibility: Evidence from the UK
The paper uses cross-sectional data from Wave 6 of Understanding Society, the UK’s household longitudinal study, collected in 2015. This provides recent, nationally representative employee-reported data on availability and use of FWTAs. The analysis considers a subsample of employee fathers (N= 4500). The dependent variables are fathers’ reports of availability and use of FWTAs. The independent variables are fathers’ occupation, economic sector, as well as the gender composition of employees’ job and other important control variables such as partner’s economic status, children’s characteristics, and earnings.
The paper identifies socio-economic and sector barriers to fathers accessing FWTAs. With a focus on inequality between fathers, it highlights limitations in ‘work-life balance’ policies, which claim to provide equal access to FWTAs for all employees.